Chinese authors sue Apple over illegal e-book downloads

Here’s some irony for you. TheNextWeb reports that a coalition of nine well-known Chinese writers is suing Apple for 11.91 million yuan (US$1.88 million) for selling illegal e-books of their works on its App Store. The writers have asked Apple provide copyright certification of all works being sold on the App Store, but Apple has declined to do so.

China, of course, is infamous as a hotbed of pirated and counterfeited goods, though it has been trying to change that image lately. It would appear from this story that Apple has been a bit lax in verifying ownership of works it allows into its store—a charge that has sometimes been leveled against it on this side of the Pacific, too.

1 Comment on Chinese authors sue Apple over illegal e-book downloads

  1. “It would appear from this story that Apple has been a bit lax in verifying ownership of works it allows into its store”

    I would suggest that this is extraordinarily premature conclusion, based solely on a claim by some Chinese authors made through a thoroughly corrupt legal and political system where there is no evidence whatsoever to support their claim at this stage. Amazing.

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